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Al–Qamishli: Father and son severely tortured in custody

February 12, 2010 – On February 10, 2010, the decision in the case of Mehmûd Zibêr Mehmûd, Zibêr Hesen Mehmûd and Ebdilwehab Şêxmûs el‑Faris was postponed until February 18, 2010 by the single military judge. For unknown reasons, the first two of the above-mentioned had not been brought to the hearing from al‑Qamishli prison, causing the postponement. The last of the above mentioned was no longer in custody at the time.
KurdWatch has information that Mehmûd Zibêr Mehmûd and Zibêr Hesen Mehmûd were subjected to torture at the criminal investigation departments in al‑Qamishli and al‑Hasakah during pre-trial custody. Mehmûd Zibêr Mehmûd was also tortured by members of the Political Security Directorate in al-Hasakah and Damascus (al‑Faihaʾ prison). Both men were repeatedly beaten and berated. The soles of their feet were beaten with metal cables (the so-called Falaqa method, bastinado). They were bound up, beaten on all parts of their bodies and tortured with electric shocks (the so-called »flying carpet«). Furthermore, Mehmûd Zibêr Mehmûd was hung by the neck from a ceiling ventilator and lost consciousness after a short time. [Further information on the case]

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